Early college student killed in rollover near Hoffman

By: Staff report

HOFFMAN — A teenager died Wednesday afternoon following a rollover wreck.

According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Shamarria Royette Melton, of Rockingham, was driving North on U.S. 1 near Hoffman around 5 p.m. when she “exceeded a safe speed” and ran off the road to the left, over-corrected and then “sideswiped” a 1986 Toyota pickup truck driven by 68-year-old Earl Bean, of Pine Bluff, according to Trooper Stien Davis.

Davis said Melton’s car then ran off the road to the left again down into the grassy median, hit a ditch and flipped across the southbound side of U.S. 1 before coming to an “uncontrolled rest” on the southbound should of the highway. Davis said Melton was travelling at between 80 and 85 miles per hour at the time of the wreck. The speed limit in the area is 55 miles per hour.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol.

Melton was a “super senior” at Richmond Early College High School and was slated to return to finish her associate degree, according to Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman.

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Staff report